Hoover man faces child sex abuse charges

Published 10:04 am Monday, March 21, 2016

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – A 35-year-old Hoover man is facing multiple felony charges after police said he allegedly sexually abused a child over a several-year period.



The Alabaster Police Department arrested Miguel Amo Cartagena-Salinas, who lists an address on Hampton Park Drive in Hoover, on March 18 and charged him with two felony counts of sexual abuse of a child younger than 12.

Alabaster police arrested Cartagena-Salinas after investigating claims of multiple years of sexual abuse against the suspect.

According to his arrest warrants, Cartagena-Salinas allegedly sexually abused a child younger than 12 multiple times between 2006 and 2011.

He currently is being held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $200,000, which is a higher-than-normal bond set at the recommendation of the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.

In its bond recommendation form, the DA’s office said Cartagena-Salinas “is in this country illegally and has no ties to the community,” “is a flight risk” and is facing additional charges in Jefferson County.

Cartagena-Salinas has already had his initial appearance in Shelby County District Court, and is now scheduled for a preliminary hearing in front of Judge Danny Crowson at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4.

Sexual abuse of a child younger than 12 is a Class B felony, according to Alabama law, and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison per charge.